HC Deb 02 July 1979 vol 969 cc446-7W
Mr. John Evans

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what would be the cost to the Exchequer, in a full year, if all non-war widows' pensions were exempted from income tax.

Mr. Peter Rees

The tax yield from national insurance widows' pension and retirement pensions paid to widows aged under 65 is about £85 million in a full year at 1979–80 income levels. The yield from pensions paid to widows aged 65 and over is also thought to be about £85 million, but this estimate is less reliable because of the uncertainty of identifying widows in this age group from tax records.